MIT moves into third round with win
Oh clinches match for Engineers with victory at No. 3 singles
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A 8:30 a.m. (ET) start time but it did not seem to faze MIT on Saturday morning in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Engineer's moved on to the third round of the tournament with a 5-1 victory against Stevens. Eugene Oh picked up the deciding singles win for MIT, which advanced to the regional final of the tournament with the win.
MIT (16-4) scored the first point of the day in the doubles competition. The No. 3 team of Oh and Tymor Hamamasy had little trouble picking up the win in their match with Derek Smith and Daniel Szwarc, taking an 8-2 victory to put the first point on the board for the Engineers. MIT made it 2-0 as the No. 1 team of Matthew Skalak and Edwin Zhang scored an 8-4 win in their match against the pairing of Chris Rosensteel and Shota Tasaki.
In what was the match of the day at No. 3 doubles, the Stevens (12-8) duo of Andrew Riggs and Nicholas Rosasco moved out to what seemed a comfortable 6-2 lead in their match with MIT's Larry Pang and Curtis Wu. The Engineers battled back, however, winning four consecutive games to tie the match at 6-6. The Ducks then broke the MIT serve at that point, shifting the momentum back in their favor as they went on to take an 8-6 win.
In singles play Skalak and Hamamasy quickly moved the momentum in the match back to the Engineers' favor with straights sets wins at the bottom of the singles flights to move MIT to within a point of the victory. Playing at No. 6, Skalak wasted no time in making the score 3-1 in MIT's favor with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Szwarc. Hamamasy was nearly as good, moving MIT to the brink of the team victory with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 5 against Smith.
Oh then finished off the Ducks at No. 3 singles. Playing against Tasaki, he clinched the MIT victory with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph that moved the Engineers on to the next round. The final three singles matches had all gone to a third set, with MIT leading in two of them when Oh finished off the match with his win.